Destiny’s Step-child??

Finally Anil Kumble becomes the captain. But am guessing it might be for a short time considering his age and also that the selectors see him as a stop-gap arrangement.
Kumble however, being an excellent thinker and a born leader could’ve and should’ve held the post a long time back. Unfortunately for him, he ended up falling through cracks and never being there when it really mattered.
1. After some very disastrous tours he was sacked from the team, mainly because of Sachin’s mismanagement of his bowlers. Read this for more. Have always felt the same. End result of Sachin’s captaincy: Venky dropped, Dravid dropped, Kumble dropped.
Kumble unfortunately lost his vice-captaincy too.
2. Once Sachin gave up his captaincy for good, the natural order suggested that Kumble be given the reins. But two things worked against him. A powerful Jagmohan Dalmiya and a rotator cuff tear which put him out of action for close to 6 months. The rest was history as Sourav turned a new chapter in Indian cricket.
3. But probably one other reason could be that in India, selectors have never backed bowlers for the job. There was Venkatraghavan who captained the team for some matches. Then there was Bedi who too led India for some matches and these were mainly single digit numbers as far as I know. In fact, this is the norm with most cricket playing nations except maybe Pakistan which has had captains like Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. Australia has never banked on bowling captains much except maybe a Richie Benaud. WI had Courtney Walsh and NZ have Vettori now.

Whatever might be the reason, Kumble, a natural leader could consider himself unlucky for having been ignored during the best parts of his career. But I guess, its better late than ever. Hope he does well and gets more exciting wins.

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